Watch WLOS -News 13 Tonight To Hear The Latest On Our Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Experience

SimplyHome was interviewed today by WLOS News 13 about our experience on the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Our team is still in Pennsylvania working hard today on the project and were happy to share some of the excitement with news crews. Tune in tonight to News 13 between 5:00pm and 6:30pm to learn more.

We were also featured on Ashvegas today and Mountain Xpress. Here are the links:

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 SimplyHome Debuts on First Shoot of Season Nine for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

 ASHEVILLE, N.C, June 24, 2011 – As soon as SimplyHome was asked by the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team to provide some unique technology applications to support independent living for a home makeover, they loaded some trailers and vehicles and hit the road ready for action.

The home is for the Keefer family of York, PA. In 2008, Brian, a star athlete and college sophomore, had a gymnastics accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. Brian’s family pulled together and his dad, Steve, retired early from the military to help his son with the activities of daily living.

As the show’s design team realized the specific needs of this family, assistive technology seemed to be a solution that would really enhance Brian’s independence and the family’s peace of mind.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition called and asked us to create some of the solutions that would enable Brian to have more control over his environment – inside and outside his home,” explains Ian Sanders, SimplyHome’s Director of Sales.

Allen Ray, SimplyHome’s CEO, reports that since their arrival, “The production crew and staff have been absolutely amazing. And the family – they are very spiritual and I have to admit I had a lump in my throat while we talked about the plans for promoting Brian’s independence through our wireless technologies.”

Ray adds that the house has never had fewer than 75-100 construction people working at any given time with multiple vendors working together in every category. Building inspectors are very much involved and other volunteers are available to assist as needed.

Currently, the family has a two-story Colonial home and Brian is not able to access a good portion of it. This home makeover project will ensure that life becomes easier for Brian and the rest of his family – his dad, Steve, his mom, Dawn, and his brothers; Adam, Scott and Colin.

In 2003, SimplyHome began to brainstorm about the idea of creating assistive technologies to help the elderly and people with disabilities to live more independently.

“We thought if smart home technology can be used to do things like send alarms to fire and police departments or turn lights on and off remotely, why not create outcomes using technology to support individuals’ independence,” says Ray. “This experience is truly an honor, especially when you’re committed to helping people like we are,” states Ray.

This build will launch the show’s ninth season on ABC and will air this fall – the exact date is to be announced.

For more information, visit SimplyHome’s blog at: http://independentlivingblog.com/ or the website at:

www.simply-home.com.

About SimplyHome

Located in Asheville, NC, SimplyHome designs and installs wireless technology products to promote independent living. Aging in place and helping people with disabilities to live independently is the business’s core focus. SimplyHome’s support systems are individually tailored to meet specific needs and to assist care providers.

About Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

The Emmy award-winning reality program, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, now entering its ninth season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC,

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‘Extreme Makeover’ Day 4

WE have made it to day 3 and already so much has changed.  Construction is continuing 24 hours a day and our crew is working in shifts to make sure everything will be completed on time. The universal attitude at the build is of pure gratitude just to be a part of such a wonderful project.

Extreme Makeover:Home Edition (EMHE) used yesterday to film SimplyHome, in our on-site tent, working on wireless technologies to allow Brian to control his environment. Sunday, when we arrived at the Keefer’s home, we were given a tent and asked to name it. We decided to name our tent site “Emerald City.” SimplyHome’s CEO, Allen Ray says, “I hope it makes people think of Oz. We are the guys behind the curtain!” All five of our crew members, Chris Whitworth, Glenn Mertens, Ian Sanders, Jason Ray and Allen Ray, were interviewed by EMHE and then met with Ty Pennington to familiarize him with the capabilities of the technology. After each demonstration, Ty responded with an enthusiastic,

“That is SO cool!”

Behind the Scenes

Allen Ray describes everyone at EMHE as being “very helpful and committed to making a difference for the families they support. The production crew and staff are absolutely amazing. When we demonstrated the things we do, several people got emotional envisioning the outcomes being created for Brian and his family. I’m not sure what the over and under might be on my emotions, but so far, my emotions have been in check. Although, I will admit to having a huge lump in my throat as we spoke to the family. They are a very spiritual family and it showed quite a bit.”

Days To Come

As our crew in PA progresses through this week creating positive outcomes for the Keefer family and dealing with all the frustrations and challenges inherent in such an undertaking, please keep each of them in your thoughts and prayers. Not only them, but this entire crew that is putting their personal lives on hold for a week to make life better for Brian Keefer and his family.

Extreme Home Makeover: Day 4 in Newberry Township

Daily Record/Sunday News

It’s Day 4 of the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” build at the Newberry Township home of Brian Keefer, who was paralyzed in a gymnastics accident in 2008.

The crew on Dubbers Drive worked through the night, and a fresh slate of volunteers began streaming in this morning as the builders neared the mid-week point.

Business reporter Lauren Boyer has been out at the site since mid-morning and is tweeting what she’s seeing. Here’s what she’s had to say so far: Click Here

‘Extreme Makeover’ Day 3: Prepping for pools – The York Daily Record

By ERIN McCRACKEN

Brian Keefer will be floating after the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” crew renovates his Newberry Township home.

Middletown-based HydroWorx guaranteed that by donating, building and installing a $40,000 T-Series fitness pool in Keefer’s new wheelchair-accessible living quarters. Keefer, who was paralyzed from the chest down in a 2008 gymnastics accident, will use the pool for physical therapy.

Michele Reber, HydroWorx product specialist, said similar pools take 60 days to build and more than two weeks to install. The crew started at 6 a.m. Tuesday and expected to wrap up after sundown.

Michael McHugh, one of HydroWorx’s owners, said he hopes to fill the pool and complete testing Thursday. Read More

SimplyHome and ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

SimplyHome on Season Premiere of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EMHE)

It happened so quickly. We got word that our product and services were needed in the building of a brand new home for a physically disabled young man and his family and before we knew it, we were on our way for the taping of the season premiere of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

A Little Background…

In 2008, Brian Keefer, a star athlete and college sophomore, had a gymnastics accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. Brian’s family pulled together and his dad, Steve, retired early from the military to help his son with the activities of daily living.

And good things come to those who wait…this past Father’s Day, the Keefers awoke to the sound of a bullhorn, “Keefer family out.”

The Keefer’s current home is a two-story Colonial home and will be remodeled to accommodate Brian and also make life easier for the rest of his family – his mom, Dawn and his brothers Adam, Scott and Colin.

Independent Living for All…

Along with hundreds of area volunteer workers and businesses, we will work to install systems for independent living that will make life easier, simpler and more independent for all.

“The remodeled home will give Brian both adult independence as he ages and begins a new family someday, and proximity to his family to take care of him,” said Steve. “When the crew came to the house, I was like wow, wow, this is great. Brian will gain some independence … I might get some independence.”

Allen Ray, CEO SimplyHome says that, “As I reflect on all of our original ideas, how things have grown and how we utilize technology in support of the human side of our business, it makes me so proud that we’ve been asked to be a part of a show watched by more than 10 million people.”

EMHE is an Emmy award-winning reality program and is on site documenting the project. The Keefer makeover will launch the show’s ninth season from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 27 on ABC.

Extreme Makeover crew surprises Newberry Twp. family

LAUREN WHETZEL — The York Dispatch

Brian Keefer has spent all 24 years of his life living at his family’s Newberry Township home, situated in a cul-de-sac in a quaint neighborhood.

Not once did his parents, Steve and Dawn Keefer, discuss moving out of their home at 75 Dubbers Drive, after Brian suffered a gymnastics injury nearly three years ago that left him paralyzed from his chest down and requiring 24-hour care.

Brian Keefer was a sophomore student athlete at Lock Haven University in Clinton County, Pa., on July 1, 2008, when he suffered the injury, just 12 days before his 21st birthday.

TV show to make quadriplegic’s York County home easier to navigate

A Newberry Township man who retired early to help his paralyzed son at college received the Father’s Day gift of a lifetime Sunday.

Steve Keefer of the first block of Dubbers Drive and his family will receive a remodeled house courtesy of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” hundreds of area volunteer workers and area businesses.

The two-story Colonial home in the Valley Green area will be remodeled to accommodate Brian Keefer, a star athlete who became paralyzed from the neck down in a 2008 gymnastics accident.

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SimplyHome E-News: Announcing the Launch of Our New Website

Over the last several months, SimplyHome has been quietly busy on an overhaul of our website, www.Simply-Home.com. The website is our portal to provide information about our technology, which can improve the lives of your loved ones by allowing them the independence they deserve.

The new and improved site launched Friday with a complete redesign and new architecture. The main navigation tabs are the gateway to the site: Home (who we are and what we do, social media, what’s happening now), How it Works (Getting Started, SimplyHome System, PERS Plus), Products (systems, pricing, needs and concerns), Benefits (for seniors, families, disabled and developmentally disabled, home health providers, assisted living facilities, long term care facilities), Questions, Contact, Press (SimplyHome in the media), and Partners (location and description of our partners).

At SimplyHome, our goal for the new website is to provide our visitors with an extremely user friendly website. The new innovative site will offer more functionality and easier navigation with more in-depth information about our technology.

Major improvements include:

Product Page:  SimplyHome prides ourselves on selling an outcome rather than just the equipment. We did have several requests though, to include more information on our product, such as,  pictures and pricing. We have also launched a new leasing option that we are proud to offer.
Improved site navigation:  We implemented recommendations to make it much easier for you to find key information and content. The main navigation, as well as sectional navigation throughout the site, have been revamped to bring content to the forefront.
Updated content:  We didn’t just take the content we had and reorganize it to make it easier to find. A major effort to update all of our content was undertaken to bring you more relevant information.

We hope you will take a moment to visit the site and let us know what you think!

Annual Conference | AAIDD

Annual Conference | AAIDD.

Please visit SimplyHome’s booth at the Annual AAIDD Conference today. We will be exhibiting through Thursday and participating in a poster presentation tonight from 5:30-7:30.  The conference is being held in  St. Paul, Minnesota  at The Crowne Plaza Riverfront, St. Paul, MN.

The AAIDD 135th Annual Meeting, Inclusive Communities:  Pathways to Realizing the Vision, will provide leading practitioners, researchers, teaching faculty, policymakers, funders, and advocates with effective and emerging practices, cutting edge research, and valuable information on important policy initiatives.  The conference will feature plenary sessions, panel and poster presentations, interactive cafés, task force and special interest group meetings, and networking events. Pre- and post-conference workshops will address special topics in depth.

We have a great deal of experience as providers ourselves in helping set up an apartment and independent living program with technology and have had great success.  An example of a similar provider with which we’ve partnered is Innovative Services: www.myinnovativeservices.com. They focus on giving individuals with developmental disabilities maximum independence while still providing a safe environment for them to live. They’ve also used SimplyHome to cut program costs, improve management oversight, and dramatically grow their service area as people statewide consider them the technology experts in this space.

We strongly believe technology can not replace the human touch and instead encourage agencies to use our technology as an additional tool and service that you can offer. For more information call us at (877) 684-3581 or visit our website at www.simply-home.com.